Employers Praised for Supporting GovernorsHampshire County Council has thanked over 30 companies for encouraging and supporting their staff to volunteer as school governors and making it possible for them to carry out their duties.

The Governor Services Employer Awards recognise businesses who make it possible for employees to carry out their duties to ensure Hampshire’s children benefit from high educational standards.

Employers were presented with their Awards at a special celebratory event in Winchester, by the County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar. He commented: “I’d like to thank these companies and other employers in Hampshire for supporting their employees in this way. School governors play a vital role in driving school improvement, so it’s important to give businesses the public recognition that they deserve. Without their employer’s encouragement and flexibility many governors would not be able to take on governor duties and schools would miss out on the varied skills and perspectives they provide. Employers also benefit from the skills that governors can bring back into their workplace, through their experiences as well as the extensive training that is provided by Governor Services.

“I am particularly encouraged by the real mix of industries and enterprises receiving this award – ranging from large national organisations to small family run businesses – who are each making a conscious effort to support and help their local communities.”

Hampshire has more than 450 governing bodies with about 7,000 governors, who give their time freely to support and challenge schools. Although much of this is in their own time, employers who are flexible around working arrangements and times, enable governors to fulfil those duties – some of which require time during the working day to do so. Employers receiving awards say supporting school governors is a way of supporting local communities and of raising the company’s profile, as well as developing the skills and confidence of their staff.

Councillor Edgar added: “Being a school governor can be a very rewarding and fulfilling role. We always need more governors and I would urge anyone interested to get in touch. Anyone interested in becoming a school governor, or just finding out what is involved, can call 01962 845846 or visit the Hampshire County Council website www.hants.gov.uk/education/governors.”

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